Search Begins for Body of Woman Missing Since 1975

Fort Smith/Fayetteville News | 5newsonline KFSM 5NEWS

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Franklin County Deputies and members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are searching an area of the county for the remains of an Oklahoma woman who went missing in 1975.

The search began Tuesday for a woman who disappeared from the Tulsa area nearly 40 years ago (April 30), according to Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen.

Authorities say the victim is Shirley Joann Banning, who also went by the name Shirley Joann Snow.

Her family, who called her Joann Snow, says she went missing from Tulsa County, Okla., May 23, 1975. Her older sister, Pauline Norman, says she remembers the day her sister went missing.

Norman also says the family believes her sister’s boyfriend, Alex Banning Sr., who Joann called ‘Ace’ was behind her disappearance.

“She never did come back home,” Norman said. “We always knew Ace killed her, I always knew. She told me one time…

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